The First Day of the Rest of Your Game Mastering Life

Gamemastering. To some gamers, it seems to come naturally, but to others—longtime veterans of gaming, as well as newbies just entering the hobby—it’s a bit intimidating. But running an RPG can be an incredible joy, and GMs keep our hobby thriving and growing. That’s why we created New Gamemaster Month. If you’ve ever thought about running an RPG, but haven’t taken the plunge, we have good news: Stick with us for a month, and come this time in February you’ll be a real, honest-to-goodness GM. It’ll be easy, and it’ll be fun. We promise.

Every Tuesday and Thursday between now and February 1st, will update with a new post discussing the next step in your journey and giving you a small activity that builds to your first GMing session. (Don’t worry, it’s not homework. This is fun stuff.)

Today’s post asks why you might want to run a game, what skills you will build during this course, and helps you choose a game with which to start! Dive in, grab a book, and discuss your progress and thoughts on the New Gamemaster Month Facebook Group and with the hashtag #NewGmMonth on social media.

Join in on the conversation!


Darcy Ross
Darcy Ross

Darcy L. Ross, Community Relations Coordinator for Monte Cook Games, is a storyteller, scientist, and community organizer. Across media, she aims to highlight people doing good things in the gaming community and to bring new people into gaming. She co-hosts the podcast Cypher Speak, has blogged for the award-winning Gnome Stew, and has worked to support marginalized voices in gaming with ConTessa. Darcy lives in a small but powerful aldeia of tabletop creatives in Hyde Park, Chicago.